At the end of December we take an accounting of what the prior 12 months have doled out. Losses, gains, happiness, sadness, hilarity, enlightenment, fear and contentment? But one thing holds true – the universe has an objective for each and everyone one of us – and we are simply not invited to the planning session 😉 Most posts at this time of the year are about holiday celebrations. This posting is about reflection. 2013 has been that sort of year for us.
Every day presents opportunities where we personally can make a difference – as fortune cookie cutter as that may sound – it’s something I deeply believe. This December Nelson Mandela moved on from our world to another. His death made me think about the loss of the people, places and things that move us. As a 43, almost 44 year old woman my legacy becomes increasingly important. Honouring those who have imprinted themselves on my being, people who have helped to shape my thoughts and actions has taken on new meaning. The process of trying to create something of substance in my tiny microcosm is equal parts terrifying and inspiring.
This brings me to a quote that is often attributed to Nelson Mandela (It is actually by Marianne Williamson – A Return to Love). We should all pin up on our bedroom doors. Her words hit a chord and every time I read them there is something more.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Thank you so much each and everyone of you for sharing your light and beauty with me. I say !&*&#?*!?$ it. Dance in your kitchen, sing in the market, own your beauty and make 2014 the best year ever! No matter what the universe has in store we have the strength to make our personal journey special in every way. Now on w. the food! Parmesan, Rosemary Eggs in a Hole.
Parmesan, Rosemary Eggs in a Hole
4 Thick Cut Slices of Bread
4 Free Range Eggs
1/2 Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
1 Sprig Rosemary
2 Tablespoons Butter
Salt to taste
Melt butter in cast iron skillet heated on a medium flame. Make sure your pan in good and hot. Cut an egg size hole in the centre of your slice of bread (approximately 2 inches in diameter depending on thickness of bread). The bread is of importance in this recipe. I make my own so it is yeasty and super tasty. Generic store bought bread simply does not yield the results I am looking for w. this dish.
I use a cookie cutter to make cute shapes for the kids.Place the four slices down on the buttered skillet and fry for 1 minute. Crack an egg and fill the hole. Fry until the lower part of the white is opaque. You will still have some uncooked white and the yolk should still be runny. This will take just under 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of Parmesan and flip carefully. This gives the toast a wonderful cheesy texture and flavour. Leave the toast for 1 minute and 1/2 before lifting out of the skillet. You can cook longer if you like a firmer yolk. Toss one tablespoon of parmesan studded with chopped fresh rosemary on each slice before serving.
Easy, flavourful and fun.